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Pepperdine | Caruso School of Law

LLM in International Commercial Arbitration Curriculum

Required Courses

Required: Nine Two Unit Courses (18 Units)

  • International Commercial Arbitration Theory and Doctrine
  • International Commercial Arbitration Procedure and Practice
  • Capstone Mock Arbitration
  • Negotiation Theory and Practice
  • Mediation Theory and Practice
  • Introduction to US Law *
  • Legal Research and Writing I (Required only for international attorneys)

Two of the Following Three Courses:

  • International Commercial Arbitration and the National Courts
  • International Investment Disputes
  • Ethical Considerations in International Commercial Arbitration

* Introduction to US Law would be waived for any student who has completed or is completing more than ten units of US substantive law courses, which is often required to sit for a bar exam in the US.

Elective Courses

Elective Courses – 8 units required (12 units required for those waiving Introduction to US Law and Legal Research and Writing I)

  • Advanced Mediation Seminar
  • Advanced Trial Practice
  • Appellate Advocacy
  • Arbitration Law
  • Arbitration Practice and Advocacy
  • Criminal Justice Dispute Resolution Practicum
  • Cross-Cultural Conflict and Dispute Resolution
  • Current Issues in International Dispute Resolution:
    • London/Geneva
    • Hong Kong/Beijing
  • Dispute Resolution in Education
  • Dispute Resolution and Religion
  • Divorce and Family Mediation
  • Environmental and Public Policy Dispute Resolution
  • Faith-Based Diplomacy and International Peacemaking
  • International Commercial Dispute Resolution
  • International Litigation
  • Interviewing, Counseling and Planning
  • Lawyering Process
  • Mediation Clinic
  • Restorative Justice
  • Selected Issues in Dispute Resolution:
    • Apology, Forgiveness and Reconciliation
    • Conflict Consulting and Coaching
    • Decision Making Under Conflict
    • Dispute Resolution Systems Design
    • Dispute Resolution and Technology
    • Employment Disputes
    • Entertainment Industry Disputes
    • Entertainment and Sports
    • Ethical Practices in Dispute Resolution
    • Facilitating Dynamic Groups
    • Healthcare Dispute Resolution
    • Intellectual Property
    • International Identity Based Conflict and Dispute Resolution
    • Labor Disputes
    • Leadership and Conflict
    • Managing Litigation and Conflict for Corporations and Organizations
    • Mass Torts
    • Ombuds
    • Online Dispute Resolution
    • Products Liability and ADR
    • Strategic Alliances
  • Trial Practice
  • Trial Preparation and Settlement
  • or a Substantive Law Class with Institute Approval

Students desiring to sit for a US bar exam will need to take 12 units of substantive law courses which may include: Torts, Civil Procedure, Professional Responsibility, Contract or Corporations.